Super mare Black Caviar did the unthinkable in the $1 million Newmarket Handicap (1200m) when she delivered the perfect 10 to cement her claim as the world’s best sprinter.
Black caviar delivered her tenth straight unbeaten victory in front of a cheering crowd with an astonishing 58 kilograms on her back.
The four-year-old superstar became the shortest priced favourite and the fastest winner in the 137 year Newmarket Handicap history.
Black caviar’s trainer, Peter Moody, had nothing but wonder and admiration for his freakishly talented mare after she won the race by a whopping three lengths.
“What do you say? You get lost for words, she’s just awesome,” Moody said.
“It’s been a big build up and it’s nice to put it behind us, it’s just a great relief.”
Peter Moody took the ultimate risk by running Black Caviar in the Newmarket Handicap, allowing the handicappers to allocate her as overwhelming top-weight for the race.
“This was the one chance you would think for the opposition to beat her, it’s probably the only chance the handicapper will ever get at her,” Moody said.
Peter Moody instructed Black Caviar’s regular jockey, Luke Nolen, to go easy on the ride and just coast to the lead.
“I just said to Luke (Nolen), ‘be as kind as you can for as long as you can, you don’t have to be three (lengths) in front at the furlong, just be a half inch in front on the line’,” said Moody.
However, the Bel Esprit mare stormed to a thrilling three-length victory, despite Nolen only using the whip once during the entire race.
Luke Nolen was overjoyed with Black Caviar’s performance and felt that the win had lifted a weight off the young racing icon’s shoulders.
“The VRC’s spent many a dollar promoting this week with the 10 out of 10, I thought they probably should have put a question mark on the end of it just in case, so she had pressure on her today from the crowd,” Nolen said.
“They all showed up just to see Black Caviar and she hasn’t disappointed them.”
Black Caviar will now be aimed at the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) on Friday March 25, 2011, at Moonee Valley.